Samango Monkey Project - Midlands, KZN
The spatial and behavioural ecology of Samango Monkey –ToPS species - populations in the Midlands
(Dargle Valley, uMngeni and Karkloof), KZN.
It has been identified that further research into the genetics, distribution and behavioural ecology of Samango Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis - sub-species; Cercopithecus albogulariserythrarchus, C. a. labiatus, and Cercopithecus albogularis schwarzi) is needed.
The samango monkey is South Africa’s only exclusively forest dwelling primate. South African forests are characterised by a highly fragmented distribution and are the countries smallest - comprising about 0.1 % of the area (1 062 km2) - most fragmented and most vulnerable biome. Thus, the samango, being a forest restricted species, and a seed dispersing species, is listed as vulnerable in the Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa (2004).
We will conduct our research into the samango populations in Dargle Valley, and Karkloof Valley, KZN (Kwazulu Natal) - an area which has been rated amongst the highest in KZN in terms of irreplaceable biodiversity.
Further research will enable us to help the conservation and management of this species and help us to understand better the status of those habitats in which they survive.
Determine the population size, location, genetics, and diet of samango monkeys in the Midlands, KZN.
Determine the manner in which human intervention has impacted on these areas.
Observe Samango monkey behaviour, troop structure and their behavioural relationship to other primate species.
Feed into other Samango Research projects in South Africa in order to get a broader perspective.
Educate the public on how to co-exist harmoniously with wild primates/all wildlife as well as the importance of a healthy biodiversity; our relationship to all wildlife and the environment on which we all depend.